Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:1-7 NIV
Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way of the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
Lord, rid me of anything that hinders my relationship with you, even if I don’t fully understand the hinderance, and even if I may not fully agree. Teach me obedience that I may grow in your grace.
One Minute Praise
Psalm 34:14-22 NIV
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
And his ears are attentive to their cry;
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them.;
He delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
| and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
A righteous man may have many troubles,
But the Lord delivers him from them all;
He protects all his bones.
not one of them will be broken.
Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems His servants;
No one will be condemned who takes refuge in Him.
Proverbs 18:10-12 ESV
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city;
they imagine it is an unscalable wall.
Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud,
but humility comes before honor.
One rarely hears the passage from Peter (above) preached from a pulpit. If it is mentioned at all in Christian discussion, it is justified as a cultural reference that was made before Christians were enlightened; it doesn’t really – they say – apply to twenty-first century Christians.
The purpose of this study is not to give you a list of rights and wrongs, and if I told you, “Yes it applies today” or “No, it doesn’t apply,” it would take away the emphasis from the point I would like to make. Here, Peter is warning families to treat each other with respect. Isn’t it awful that we often treat strangers and acquaintances with more dignity than we do our spouses and children?
The reason Peter warns husbands and wives about their behavior catches my attention. The reason we are to treat one another with love and respect is so that we maintain a witness to those who love us and so that we don’t hinder our relationship with God. I am so thankful for my spouse and my children. And, for the family of God. I am glad to be a part of the family of God, washed in His fountain, cleansed by His blood…